BBC description: In the picturesque Spanish village of Guzmán, villagers have gathered for centuries in 'the telling room' to share their stories. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti listened as Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras spun an odd and compelling tale about a cheese made from an ancient family recipe. Reputed to be among the finest in the world - one bite could conjure long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong.
Paterniti was hooked. Relocating his young family to Guzmán, he was soon sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery - a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village began to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti found himself implicated in the very story he was writing.
Michael Paterniti is a journalist and has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award. One of his stories was chosen for True Stories: A Century of Literary Non-fiction, joining four other writers as the best examples of literary journalism from the last hundred years. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book Driving Mr Albert. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Reader: Will Adamsdale Abridged by Eileen Horne Produced by Clive Brill A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
1. Michael Paterniti investigates the blood feud and tale of revenge that lies behind arguably the world's finest cheese.
2. Ambrosio the artisan-cheese maker recounts the story of how his incredible cheese was born, and grew into an international success story - until one day the tables turned.
3. Paterniti continues to investigate the rise and fall of the world's greatest cheese and relocates from America to the village of Guzman, obsessed with the cheese maker's tale.
4. Bit by bit, Michael Paterniti learns more about the history of the betrayal of Ambrosio Molinos, and finally gets the chance to taste the master cheesemaker's famous creation.
5. The author finally achieves closure with the world's greatest cheese.
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